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Old 16th of December 2008 (Tue)   #1
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Default how to take pictures of snowfall

So its snowing right now. And Im trying to capture the snow falling. It seems to capture very little snow but in reality its snowing a lot. What are some techniques to capturing the snow? What f stop and shutter speed should i be at?
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Old 16th of December 2008 (Tue)   #2
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Default Re: how to take pictures of snowfall

hmm. to share my secrets or not to.. hmmm..
what the hell it's christmas time.

This is assuming you have photoshop or equivalent.
Photograph a static background with your snowfall (house, trees, whatever doesn't move). take multiple exposures, say 5 or 6. open them all in photoshop, and you can click and drag them all onto 1 exposure, photoshop will just add them as layers.
Now you should have 1 file that has each of the different photos as layers, go to blend mode and select lighten -- do this for each layer. photoshop has now looked at each layer pair and selected the lighter pixels in each.
In effect what you're doing is adding 5 photos worth or snow into one picture.
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Old 16th of December 2008 (Tue)   #3
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Default Re: how to take pictures of snowfall

Sometimes you can use a bit of fill-flash to light the falling flakes.

@polarbare, that is an interesting tip... I'll give that a try!
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Underexpose for ambient light slightly, front light the falling snow with flash
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did u mean something like HDR I used the flash method didnt come out as what i wanted to or at least seen on the internet but it did look a lot better than the way i was doing it by increasing the exposure time
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Old 17th of December 2008 (Wed)   #6
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Default Re: how to take pictures of snowfall

I always overexpose my snow shots by + 1 to + 1 2/3 stops to look snow white rather than gray color.
f 8 should be good, ISO and shutter speed based on the light outside. we had a snow storm last night, i need to capture few today...
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I always overexpose my snow shots by + 1 to + 1 2/3 stops to look snow white rather than gray color.
Or you could start with this & eliminate the guesswork:
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